Martin Stephenson is one of the many artists who broke through in the early eighties and who has managed to retain not only his fan base but also his credibility despite the fact that his career has taken a number of twists and turns
Whilst working as a carpet fitter by day Martin was during the evening playing guitar in his first band the Strange Relations. By the age of nineteen and yet another dead end day job, Martin heard Runaway Boys by the Stray Cats on the radio and was inspired enough to give up his day job and fully immerse himself in music by at first busking on the streets. Shortly after however Martin formed the Daintees. By 1982 the band were recording and were one of the first bands to sign to the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne label Kitchenware and subsequently London Records where they scored not only critical but commercial success releasing a number of singles and albums for the label. Amongst the popular albums the band recorded at the time were Boat To Bolivia, Salutation Road, Gladsome, Humour and Blue and The Boys Heart. There have been various groupings since the bands last official album The Boy’s Heart which was produced by Lenny Kaye in 1992.
December 2006 saw the band in residency for two nights at the famous Newcastle venue The Cluny. This DVD captures the bands electric performance which also features various special guests including vocalist Andrea Mackie. The package will include two discs including the performance on one disc and extensive and exclusive interviews with the band and the guests. There is also footage from a warm up gig the previous night at a benefit concert.
Tracks: Neon Skies, Loui's, Big Sky New Light, Wholly Humble Heart, Slaughterman, Southbound, Rain, Salutation Road, Time With Jesus, Medley: Muppet Theme - Redman, Crocodile Cryer, Goodbye John, Orange Is The Colour of Joy, Boat to Bolivia, Running Water, My Wife Went Away and She Left Me, The Ballad of the English Rose, Look Down.